Faculty and Professional Nursing Colleague Conference

Health Reform: The Promise and the Peril (7.0 hours)

David Keepnews, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN
Carol Lynn Esposito, Ed.D., JD, MS, RN

October 10, 2014, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Wyndham New Yorker, 481 8th Avenue, NY, NY

Purpose Statement: The challenges facing the US healthcare system — expanding access, reducing costs, ensuring quality, and transforming how care is delivered — affect everyone. Stakeholders include insurance companies, politicians, consumers, hospital administrators, doctors, and nurses. Every nurse needs to understand the political issues surrounding health reform. The political context of those issues have taken a partisan and politically polarizing turn. Has the highly partisan healthcare reform debate highlighted a transition to a new health policy and politics reality marked by a push to run healthcare as a for-profit business? Join us in a discussion of some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and an analysis of what the new law means for nursing education, nurses, and nursing into the future.

Objectives: At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the origins of current debates over health reform
  • Discuss the pros and cons of the current policies related to implementation of the ACA
  • Identify paradigm shifts in nursing education to ready students for changes in the delivery of health care
  • Identify what educators and health care providers need to know to preserve nursing's scope and standards of practice in the 21st century
  • Discuss how nurses can advocate for an infrastructure to adapt to rapid changes in health care, ensure a strong nursing workforce, and provide quality health care for all Americans

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